Friday, 27 April 2018

SciFest project of St Munchin's College year1 students

The question: how can we bring Science closer to young people?
The idea: what about designing a research project around nutrition and obesity?
It's a topical and fascinating issue. It should be fun!

Here is what we did: in collaboration with their teacher (Bairbre
Ni Fhlatharta), a project was devised with a view to compete in scientific events: 
three Year 1 students of St Munchin's College (Rory Butler, Darragh Hanly and Nathaniel Zabetakis) started few months ago working on their project around diet, lifestyle and obesity. 

The idea was to investigate what triggers obesity at young boys. 

Questionnaires were used to screen dietary and lifestyle habits and also the boys have come to the labs here in the Dept of Biological Sciences at UL where we had a great research day measuring BMI and body fat content!

Here is their abstract of their project.
"The project is about looking at boys in the age bracket 13-14 yrs in St Munchin’s College. We are going to assess if boys follow the guidelines as presented in the Mediterranean and Irish food pyramids and also measure their BMI and fat content.  We want to show the impact on body fat levels and BMI that low adhere to food pyramid guidelines and participation in sport activities have.

Our project would create valuable data on what triggers obesity in Irish teenager boys."

One of their pie charts assessing diet and lifestyle.

And their conclusions (so far)

Our volunteers have low consumption of fruits and vegetables (61% consume < 2 portions of fruit per day whereas 50% consume <2 portions of vegetable per day). The monitoring of their body fat and BMI was conducted using a Tanita body analyser in the University of Limerick and we found that the boys who exercise regularly have a mean BMI of 20 whereas the boys who exercise less  have an average BMI of  27.

A clear correlation between lifestyle choices and BMI was found. These results highlight the value of adhering to dietary guidelines of Irish Food and the Mediterranean diet Pyramids.

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Nathaniel, Darragh and Rory were in action yesterday @ LIT, presenting their project at SciFest on Mediterranean diet and obesity. 

They won 3rd prize in Life Sciences! 

Darragh, Rory and Nathaniel (Right to Left) - smiley "Scientists to be"

Well done to the lads and their teacher Bairbre Ni Fhlatharta 

Sky is the limit now!  

p.s. on the way home, yesterday I asked the boys 
-how are you feeling?
- Like Champions, Darragh replied!
Are you ready for expanding this further and compete for BT Young Scientist, I asked again
-Yes (they all replied)

Friday, 20 April 2018

Beer and Heart

In our ongoing projects at our group FLIPS here in UL, we are looking into the cardioprotective properties of fermented foods and drinks.

 One of them is beer.

We have found some really promising results in terms of inhibition of platelet aggregation.

We have tested a lager, an ale and a stout for their anti-thrombotic capacities and we are now drafting a scientific paper to publish the data and expand this work on the brewing arena.

If you work in the beer industry, these data may be of some interest for you. Feel free to contact us

Monday, 16 April 2018

2016 : number of deaths by cause

how can we produce sustainably nutraceuticals?



Omega-3 withdrawal by retailers opens up sustainability dialogue

By Will Chu
UK health and beauty retailer Boots have become the latest target of a campaign by Greenpeace to halt the sale of Omega-3 supplements derived from krill oil fished in vulnerable marine areas. 

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this news ...bring back the question:  

how can we produce sustainably nutraceuticals?

[watch this space ; in few months we are going to have the complete answer]

Enjoy your Microbes

Five EU member states (Estonia, Germany, Italy, Poland, Spain) have national nutrition guidelines or recommendations that include either probiotics or fermented milks containing live bacteria.

Other countries include yogurt (as part of dairy products) in their food-based dietary guidelines. It is the case in Switzerland, USA, Canada, UK, Australia, Japan, Sweden, Russia, Argentina, India and Portugal. In this case, yogurt is recommended, not for the live microbes it contains, but for its nutritional value.

So...enjoy your microbes!

In Etihad Stadium, Pep has brought his team of chefs who prepare food for all the people who work at the Stadium. All personnel in Etihad have free and quality meals with quite a few microbes
[ 1 Cup of Yogurt = 10 8-10 bacteria ]


Man City : Campeones 2017-18

With another 5 games to go and few more records to break,
Few photos to celebrate the CityZens Triumph!

Hellenic Citizens (Greece) (third circle)

Limerick (second circle)

Graffiti at home

As a Dad and a Coach, the most important achievement of Man City this year is not that they simply dominated the Premier League. The most fascinating achievement is the QUALITY of the football they play; the enjoyment the offer and the Joy that we all feel watching them!

Joy brings the Results! 

Whatever the age, the level and the competition.

If you enjoy what you do, you are bound to be good and you will be thirsty to become even better.
That's Pep's secret, isn't it, Pep?

We are all so so happy!

[two boys and a Dad - Cityzens from Limerick - Ireland]

Friday, 13 April 2018

Science Fest Project of St Munchin's Boys

Obesity can kill but there is a lot of things than we can pro-actively do in order to prevent it.
We can make people happier and healthier by using information and Education.
This is the spirit of the Science Project that Year 1 Boys in St Munchins College have devised.
They monitor diet habits, lifestyle and BMI and they are going to take part in SciFest 2018.

Yesterday, it was a great day.
The boys came to the Department of Biological Sciences in UL where they used a Tanita body composition analyser to measure body's fat content and BMI.

Rory, Nathaniel and Darragh (from L to R) in action

The boys are now analysing their results and getting ready to present their work in LIT 
on April 26th.

Yesterday, we had a good chat on obesity, BMI, diet and lifestyle choices and expectancy.
We used this questionnaire to see the impact of diet, lifestyle but also.. of crisps and snacks (!) on our life expectancy!

the end result from the vitality questionnaire ; 3 bars showing current and potential life expectancy

It was a great pleasure to have the St Munchins Boys and their Teachers in UL!

The St Munchins boys with their Science Teacher, Bairbre Ni Fhlatharta (on the right) and Ioannis Zabetakis (on the left).

Looking forward to the next stage of their great project!


p.s. here are some rather alarming facts

Friday, 6 April 2018

enjoy your full-fat fermented dairy !

Ronan Lordan and Ioannis Zabetakis are both researchers at the University of Limerick in Ireland in the Department of Biological Sciences. They along with their colleagues recently authored a review in which they examine the effect of dairy products on the development of cardiovascular diseases. Among their findings, they noted that fermented dairy products such as yogurt and kefir had a neutral or positive effect on cardiovascular outcomes.


[you can read the full story here]